As if the drama from Brazil needed more wind, Jos Verstappen has come out with a new ‘revelation’. The weekend in Brazil was full of headlines right from the get-go. Lewis Hamilton ended up outpacing his arch-rival Max Verstappen despite the many roadblocks he faced throughout the weekend.
In fact, Hamilton’s pace resulted in a disqualification from the qualifying, a P20 to P5 result in Sprint and a win from 10th to first in the race. This divided people into those who believed Hamilton as a driver showed his superiority. And those who felt Hamilton received some sort of unfair aid or advantage. Naturally, Jos Verstappen is in the latter category.
“In Brazil Hamilton received – through pressure in his hands – something from his trainer and then returned in the car and lowered himself into the passenger compartment. If we add it all up, there is something strange. Max had no chance against him,” Jos Verstappen said as reported (by Telegraaf/quotes via Formula Passion).
Verstappen also emphasised his suspicions regarding the legality of the W12 of Lewis Hamilton. He reasoned that the significant pace difference between Mexico and Brazil for Hamilton was down to the back of Hamilton’s car.
“I really think the FIA should take a look at what happened, especially the rear wing.” (Translated via Google Translate)
Christian Horner also suggests FIA look at the Lewis Hamilton wing
Red Bull Team Principal also raised the issue of Mercedes rear wing in an interview ahead of the race in Qatar. Horner pointed out the German team are consistently getting faster since Hungary, which he believes could be because of a questionable rear wing.
“In our mind, they’ve obviously found a clever solution with their rear wing. The question is, is it legal?” Horner said.
He questioned the astronomically superior straight-line speed of Mercedes. It should be noted that Mercedes are by default quicker than everyone in a straight line, including Red Bull.
But Horner emphasised that from Mexico to Brazil, that advantage almost doubled, from 14 km/h to 27 km/h.
Whether there’s some truth in Jos Verstappen’s accusations or some truth in Christian Horner’s observations, there’s no denying that Mercedes hold a big enough pace advantage over Red Bull.
Such is the advantage, that Hamilton can cruise away with the championship despite his 14 point deficit with three races to go.